Our Favorite Things: 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of year: gift guide time! Let’s make the holidays beautiful and bright with the second edition of Our Favorite Things! We’re focusing our spotlight on creative artisans and products that also give back (so that we can all do the most good with the dollars we’re already planning to spend). Snuggle up with a big mug of hot chocolate, and shop the gorgeous products below.

French Bread Board

Oui love this French Bread Board! The simple pleasure of sharing fresh bread carries a greater purpose when served on this bread tray, handcrafted by Haitian artisans earning a sustainable income. Fast-growing obeechi wood is cultivated sustainably to ensure that while artisans make a fair living from their native land, they also protect the landscape for future generations. Get it now from Ten Thousand Villages.

Chili Hot Sauce Flight

Choose from all four delicious chili hot sauces. Add a kick of flavor to every meal with gluten-free hot sauces made using organic chilis. Perfect for spice lovers and for adding flavor to any pizza, eggs, stir-frys, and cheeses. Every purchase empowers small-scale sustainable farmers and producers in rural communities of Eswatini.

Personalized Cutting Board

Use this keepsake for years to come! It’s made with walnut or maple wood and oiled with a food-safe oil that preserves and toughens the board. Use one side of the board to slice and dice your specialties in the kitchen, and the other side of the board as a reminder of the important things in life – your family! Made in Oklahoma by NakedWoodWorks and now available on Amazon.

Bicycle Pizza Cutter

Grab a bike to eat… your pizza! Created by metalworkers in Moradabad, India, this stainless steel pizza cutter is a fun gift for a cyclist or for anyone who never tires of a good pie! Get it today at Ten Thousand Villages!

Costa Farms Live Aloe Vera

I absolutely love aloe vera plants — mostly because they’re so easy to grow. I mean, they require almost no maintenance! Just put them in a sunny spot and give them a little drink once every couple of weeks. I keep 2 giant aloes right outside my kitchen since they’re since they’re such a good salve for burns. These pretty aloes from Costa Farms are hand picked and carefully packed to ship right to your door. Available on Amazon.

Lagunamoon Essential Oils, Top 6 Gift Set

Diffusing essential oils is an ideal way to add safe, subtle fragrance to your home! This gift set includes six 10mL bottles of aromatherapy essential oils: lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree.

Lightweight Fringe Throw – Natural

Elevate any room with a modern and minimalist throw blanket that’s both lightweight and cozy! This handwoven beauty features an intricate fringe detail on the top and bottom for an added touch of texture. this cotton blanket is perfect to cozy up with or draped over any sofa back, armchair, or foot of the bed all year long. As huge added bonus, the purchase of this blanket empowers artisans in underserved communities in El Salvador. They prioritize sustainability, fair trade practices, and innovation and preserve traditional techniques that have been passed down across generations and have been at risk of disappearing. Available now at The Little Market.

Sweet Water Decor Sweater Weather Candle

These soy candles smell AH-mazing! I like “Sweater Weather” because it’s warm and woodsy with just a touch of citrus. And their super cute design blends in with any home decor style from rustic to modern to farmhouse. These candles are an American grown soy wax blend and poured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Available on Amazon.

Henro Company Match Striker

This adorable match striker is the perfect piece of functional decor for a small bathroom or watercloset. Store matches inside and use the exposed surface to light them. Handcrafted by an Henro, an American family-owned small business and now available on Amazon.

Shesham Travel Chess Set

Handcrafted from shesham wood, this unique, high-quality chess set is ideal for the jet-setting chess-player. Specifically designed for games on the go, pegged pieces stay in place on the board with holes in each square. From king to pawn, easily store each piece inside the game board, which folds on hinges to create a portable box. Handcrafted in India and available now on Ten Thousand Villages.

Spa Gift Basket

…And possibly the greatest of all gifts: the gift of relaxation. Send a meaningful gift set featuring pieces from the United States and Ghana. This spa set has everything they’ll need to unwind. With every gift you give at The Little Market, you are not only treating your loved ones, but also supporting artisans and producers in underserved communities globally.

Our book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, is the perfect gift for real estate professionals and homeowners who may be preparing to sell their home! Available on Amazon in paperback and free for Kindle Unlimited!

The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!

Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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